This is the second day of advent. Our special word for this day is "go."
Luke 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
The shepherds said, "let us go." They did go and saw the Christ child just as the angels had told them. There is a call for us to go. We must see Christ. I do not mean with physical eyes, but with longing, hungry eyes of faith. We can see Him in the Scripture. We can see him in the lives of precious believers around us. We can see him in everyday events if we are looking. We can see him in a beautiful sunset, and the magnificence of God's creation. We can see him in the love of a parent who cares for their child.
We can also see him in places we may not want to go. Jesus reminded his disciples that as often as we do something for those in need we are doing it for him. Many from our church have seen Him in Haiti as they have ministered to the hurting and wounded there. You can see him as you give food to a hungry person. You can see Him in the prostitute you reach out to with love. You can see him in the drug addict that you work with to help kick his habit and share with him the love of Christ.
Sunday our pastor reminded us of our commission as believers and churches to "go." Perhaps the original language in Matthew 28:19,20 says "as you are going." But we must go as we go. We must become intentional in going to share the hand, the heart, and the message of Christ to those we meet along the way.
The shepherds on that first Christmas decided to go again, after they had seen the Christ. Matt 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
After we have seen Christ, not just in a manger, but as the Lord of Glory, and our Savior, we cannot remain stationary. We must go! It may mean going down the street to help a needy family or it may mean going on a mission trip to some place like Haiti. Will you go this Christmas season?
I saw you Lord, in manger low
I saw you you on the cross
I saw the empty tomb you left
I saw you pay my cost
I saw you go from heav'n to earth
To pay for mankind's sin
And now I stand to go for you
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WE MUST GO BECAUSE WE HAVE THAT FOR WHICH THE WORLD IS HUNGRY